by Wayzata Public Schools Superintendent Chace Anderson

I am writing to make you aware of an incident that happened in the East Middle School (EMS) parking lot on Sunday afternoon, January 9. During a basketball game at EMS, a woman walking into the building was approached by a male near the doors of the building.

This person told her to give him her car keys, which she was holding in her hand. The woman refused and this person grabbed the keys out of her hands and stole her car.

The perpetrator did not demonstrate any possession of a weapon and the woman was not injured. We know incidents like these are very concerning. Please know we are working closely with the Plymouth Police Department to investigate this incident and do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the future.

Although incidents such as these are relatively rare, here are some precautions offered by the Police Department you can take: Always have your mobile phone handy—and charged. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention to people who seem to be lurking or cars that suspiciously follow you. Call 911 and use your key fob or other car alarm if you feel a threat. Don't sit in your car with the door unlocked or the windows rolled down. Safety is always our number one priority. Thank you for your on-going support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.